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Acer chief also compares Apple to betamax tapes

Acer is fast gaining ground in the personal computer market thanks to its best-selling Acer Aspire One netbookIn July of 2010, Acer ousted Dell from the second place spot in the global computer shipment rankings dropping Dell in third place.  However, Dell has since recovered, regaining its second place spot.

Meanwhile Acer continues to grapple with Apple -- a company that once bumped it to fourth place.  Speaking with Digitimes, Acer found Stan Shih compared Apple's products to mutant viruses and remarked that a cure was incoming.  The report reads:
Acer founder Stan Shih, in a talks with reporters on September 8, commented that Apple's strong popularity is mainly due to its products such as iPad and iPhone, and these products are like mutant viruses, which are difficult to find a cure for in the short-term, but he believes that PC vendors will eventually find a way to isolate Apple and become immune.
Apple indeed seems to have a rather viral market appeal and a tendency to peter out and then come back -- as evidenced by the failure of Macs in the 1990s and the company salvation by the iPod lineup in the 2000s.

Mr. Shih also compared Apple products to the short-lived Betamax format, saying PCs are like the more popular VHS tapes.  The statement is somewhat ironic, given that Apple CEO Steve Jobs often credits himself and Apple for doing away with defunct formats like floppy discs.

He did at last offer some kinder words for the competitor, though, saying that Apple was both creative and an innovator.  He said that PC makers could learn from the success of Apple's integrated hardware/software approach, and its successful applications store (the iTunes App Store).

During the interview Mr. Shih also voiced another controversial opinion -- that U.S. technology companies will eventually quit the personal computer market.  He points to IBM's recent 2005 sale of its PC department to Lenovo (Chinese) as an example of that.  Of course Mr. Shih's statements discount that three of the top four computer manufacturers -- Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Apple -- are all American.

Mr. Shih's comments follow controversial remarks about Apple in late August, in which he said the company's tablet, the iPad, would drop from 100 percent market share to 20 percent market share over the next couple years.  Apple's supporters are skeptical about rival tablet makers' ability to catch up.


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So to sum up....
By Tony Swash on 9/11/2010 10:30:01 AM , Rating: 1
So to sum up....

The consensus view amongst the commentators around here is as follows:

Apple's products are poor quality crap
(even though they consistently top all surveys of customer satisfaction)

Apple is not innovative
(even though every other tech maker, including Google with Android, fall over themselves in trying to copy everything Apple does)

There is nothing special about Apple hardware except the box
(even though Apple are the only company that has consistently delivered integrated software and hardware)

Apple's success is because Steve Jobs is alive and not dead
(even though when he was incapacitated for over a year with a severe life threatening illness the company did just fine)

Apple are bound to fail
(even though they have been around longer than almost anybody else in the business, more or less invented the personal computer, have entered, disrupted and achieved huge success in three entirely new markets in the last decade and are currently the most financially successful and admired (by their peers) tech company)

Thanks guys for all your profound insights.

With all that silly guff out of the way perhaps we can return to discussing the real world where it turns out things are stranger, more interesting and more complex than this sort of bland, tedious nonsense.




RE: So to sum up....
By Azure Sky on 9/13/2010 12:44:02 PM , Rating: 2
the hardware used inside for example a mac/powermac is lower quality then equivalent pc builds(price equivalent) I know, I have built systems higher quality with the same specs as power mac's, Apple uses boards made by foxconn, psu's they get from the lowist bidder(like any other oem) their ram tends to be the same stuff used in low end budget boxes, nothing special at all, hell their optical drives where worse then dell's sony drives for a while...

also note that you could sell most of the people taking those customer satisfaction surveys a brick with an apple logo on it and they would say it was the best and so was apple...how do i know...iphone4...

Apple dont innovate, they evolve on other peoples designes/ideas, Just like most other companies, the dif is their marketing, its truly viral, and their "aesthetics" are "pleasing" (i will admit some of their designs have looked neet/pretty, but i wouldnt pay more for one)

steve never did let go of the reins of apple even when he was very ill, hes a control freak(part of why he got fired the first time) st.steve can do no wrong in the eyes if AFB's despite the fact that HE is the one who told them to go ahead with the iphone4 design after more then 1 engineer came directly to him and warned him that the antenna design was seriously flawed.

apple will eventually fail, as do all large companies, nations, exct, tho what people mean by this normally is that apple will piss off enough customers that they will fail to hold their market share.

when steve dies or retires(he will likely die first) apple will endup loosing its way again, steve FORCES HIS WILL on all products the company makes, thats why the i7 macbook's overheat, its why older apple devices would show heat distortion on the casings, its why the iToaster (cube) overheated, steve is VERY VERY much about form OVER function, had they added a SMALL fan to most of their designs(a silent one) it would have made a huge dif heat wise...

Also note I have had to repair a bunch of old g3 and g4 powermac's because they cooked themselves thanks to all passive cooling...(apple was more then happy to sell me boards and cpu's to repair them even offered a discount if we needed to replace them again)


RE: So to sum up....
By Tony Swash on 9/13/2010 2:15:01 PM , Rating: 1
All you have done is repeat the same nonsensical guff I was making fun of.

To listen to a lot of people around here Apple's stunning successes this last decade have been some sort of weird fluke.

The best bit of your comment was this gem

quote:
also note that you could sell most of the people taking those customer satisfaction surveys a brick with an apple logo on it and they would say it was the best and so was apple...how do i know...iphone4...


You say Apple kit is crap. The best objective measure of this, the many surveys of customer satisfaction, consistently show people like Apple kit compared to its competitors. You draw the conclusion that people are either deluded or stupid. have you heard of Occam's Razor?

quote:
I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.
  - John Cage


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